\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Definition of picky

: fussy, choosy a picky eater

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Examples of picky in a Sentence

a picky cat who would only eat one particular kind of food, and only if it was served in his special dish she's picky, but she always finds the best quality in fresh meat and fish
Recent Examples on the Web TAURUS Taurus is more picky about how their clothing looks and feels. Alice Bell, Teen Vogue, "16 NYE Outfit Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign," 18 Dec. 2019 Like most of us, body positive icon Ashley Graham is super picky about her mascara. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Ashley Graham Wears Revlon Mascara to ‘Feel Like a Queen’," 9 Dec. 2019 Patrick scrapes the cheese off a few slices of pizza for their pickiest eaters. USA Today, "America's parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can't they get it?," 3 Dec. 2019 The place has to please everyone from picky teenagers to stressed parents. Iris Van Rynbach, courant.com, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Thanks to a lucrative career in pro football, Adams can afford to be picky. Corban Goble, New York Times, "Memes Made Spice Adams More Famous Than the N.F.L. Could," 25 Oct. 2019 And the picky bear wasn’t selecting just any grapes. Los Angeles Times, "Watch this bear with expensive taste as it munches on vineyard’s pinot noir grapes," 27 Sep. 2019 Use just corn or just carrots for those picky eaters who don’t like certain vegetables. NBC News, "These 4-ingredient mini chicken pot pies are the perfect fall comfort food," 2 Nov. 2019 How can parents get picky eaters to choose more nutritional options? Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "How Parents Can Talk to Kids and Teens About Weight Loss," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of picky

1900, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Picky.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picky. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce picky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please


\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Kids Definition of picky

: hard to please a picky eater

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